Monthly archives of “July 2015

On superheroes

Of my generation— wrought, reared, and ruined by superheroes—who among us has ever paused to ask, “What qualifies me to save the world?”

Wisdom from the Town of Cats and Beyond

If you were to summarize your Weltanschauung in a collection of quotes or aphorisms—say, less than ten—which would you choose? Here is an approximation of how I feel about the world: Murakami: “If you can’t understand it without an explanation, you can’t understand it with an explanation.”… Read More


In 1865, Marx answered several questions posed to him by his daughters as part of a parlour game. Here is Marx’s “Confession.” For fun, here is my own: Your favourite virtue: Creativity. Your favourite virtue in a man: Wit. Your favourite virtue in a woman: Imagination.… Read More